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Maciej Podyma

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Poland
Maciej is reinventing flower meadows and bringing them into the cities. With this, he launches conversations about biodiversity and bridging the urban and rural culture by empowering inhabitants of the cities to have an active role in answering this challenge. Read more

Jakub Wygnański

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Poland
Since the late 1980s, Kuba has been building institutions and networks that have enabled the citizen sector to emerge, grow and thrive in Poland and surrounding countries. He has designed and continues to design these interventions in a way that shapes the sector not as a rigid model with its... Read more

Ireneusz Białek

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Poland
Having lost sight as a child, Irek perfectly understands the challenges faced by persons with disabilities both in the labour market and at university. After turning around the policy and standards related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in university education, he now focuses on... Read more

Jacek Purski

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Poland
Jacek is reducing the risk of extremist threats and crime from within communities by equipping teachers, parents, police officers and social workers, with the necessary know-how and skills to identify and reverse the radicalization process affecting youth in Poland. Read more

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2015

Poland
In the digital era where video and electronic surveillance, whether conducted by government or corporations, has become nearly ubiquitous, Katarzyna instills new behavioral patterns and redefines organizational practices of public authorities, state institutions, social organizations, communities,... Read more

Ida Karpinska

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2013

Poland
Ida Karpinska is redesigning the medical system in Poland to expand the care currently provided to women affected by gynecological cancers. In doing so, Ida is changing the paradigm of women’s health and sexual education in Poland. Ida’s goal is to create a preventive infrastructure that engages... Read more
Teresa Ogrodzinska has transformed the Polish education system by introducing alternative forms of preschool education. Teresa has done this by creating flexible and inexpensive community-based programs for children’s growth, that respond to the economic situations of rural and provincial areas in... Read more

Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2011

Poland
Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak improves the quality of the education system by engaging teachers and local communities in an online and offline self-empowering community of shared practice in the fields of math and science. Katarzyna uses a combination of information communication technologies (ICT) and... Read more

Dominik Ksieski

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

Poland
Drawing on his considerable experience as a publisher of local newspapers, Dominik is creating a new operating model to ensure that all Polish citizens have access to independent local press. His bottom-up approach has created a movement among first generation local publishers, strengthened their... Read more

Radoslaw Gawlik

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2009

Poland
An engineer of Poland s environmental movement, Radoslaw (Radek) Gawlik has introduced multiple environmental laws, policies and programs that have helped to form and sustain a vibrant, cross-sector framework for environmental protection across Poland. Read more